The game is rough around the edges but for two euros it was definitely a bargain.
Although the game is not as intricate as SuperPowers 2 it has good depth to it. Especially in how you use the spy networks.
It is what a Tropico game is to SimCity: not too complicated but still challenging and very addictive. The quality was good, it never crashed during 9 hours of continous gameplay.
It has a unique approach of mainly using spy and covert tacticts to subdue your enemy states.
You get 7 types of agents to use: an assassin, a spy and five types of saboteurs.
Each saboteur will damage one particular aspect of society: finances, resources, politics, technology and military.
Spies are used to build networks, which adds bonuses to those in the network.
You can also use spies to make bribes and arrests, steal secrets and so on.
The stats of each agent will change over time, for example their morale might decrease.
An assassin with low morale who's in charge of protecting your president is weak to bribery from enemy spies.
The idea is to sabotage each country enough so that people will revolt.
If a country in your alliance is in danger of revolting you can use money to financially support the faction in power and hopefully prevent the revolt. This is very expensive though.
Each country has different attributes that affect how easily they are turned and how important they are to winning the game. However it may stilll be worthwhile to turn a low-ranking country as it will affect neighbouring enemy states as well.
You can recruit new agents, there's no limit apart from financial as they are very expensive.
You also need to train your new agents as otherwise they will be useless, and training costs both money and time.
You can research the gadgets your agents use: assassination weapons, interrogation techniques, surveilance gadgets etc.
Each political superpower has a set of leaders and henchmen: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Henry Kissinger etc. Assassinating them might make it easier to turn a country, but I didn't notice any difference to be honest.
The game has some bigger flaws:
* I can't get the game to go full-screen, some countries are so small that its easy to put your agents in the wrong country
* the game has no easy way of locating agents who are out in the field, you have to click around and search for them
All in all a good game with unique gameplay. As with most strategic games higher difficulty levels will bring more out of the game.